New Codes for implant crowns for 2020 = better definitions for material used
Dental plans are required to recognize current CDT codes, it is important to understand that they are not required to provide benefits for the new or revised codes. Yearly, dentists should review each dental plan’s payment and processing policies to discover whether benefits will be payable. By the end of each year, policy changes should be available from plans to review.
New CDT codes enacted January 1, 2020 provide more definition to the material composition to the implant crown differentiating it from a more general description in the past
D6082 – implant supported crown – porcelain fused to predominantly base alloys
D6083 – implant supported crown – porcelain fused to noble alloys
D6084 – implant supported crown – porcelain fused to titanium and titanium alloys
D6086 – implant supported crown – predominantly base alloys
D6087 – implant supported crown – noble alloys
D6088 – implant supported crown – titanium and titanium alloys
It is imperative to update codes every January 1st to avoid rejections of claims. Update fees schedules in software systems to ensure proper coding on outgoing claims. As the end of the year approaches, be prepared to update to new code changes.